It's budget time and, as a County Council, we get a full 25 working days to review and approve a $560 + or - million budget. That is 25 working days if you don't have any other full time job and could spend 10-12 hours daily on the review.
This month I am writing about a very good friend who not only helped me in business and politics, but also in just plain old fashioned common sense. That person is none other than Mike Fitzgerald.
It’s March Madness time again...but I’m not talking about basketball. Every year when the General Assembly convenes for its 90-day session between 2,500 and 3,000 pieces of legislation are proposed. Most of them die on the cutting room floor – fortunately.
School construction seems to be the hot button issue in Frederick County. As I’ve noted before, we’ve been dealing with school funding issues for well over 20 years.
We are approaching the budget season for county government and as usual, I’ll point out some items of interest as well as things I feel we could do differently.
I am going to stray away from the political realm and just simply talk about someone that has made a major impact on my life. That person would be my mother in law, Pat Zanella.
County Executive Jan Gardner said in her previous Emmitsburg News-Journal article that her campaign promise was to “restore trust in government and protect taxpayers.” As far as trust in government goes, there are more backroom deals today within Winchester Hall, than during prohibition in the 20s.
This month I am writing about three issues that are upon us in county government, first I’ll start with the Citizens/Montevue Nursing Home debacle.
Under the guise of federal sentencing guideline reform, the United States Justice Department will release and unleash thousands of so-called “non-violent” drug offenders from our federal prison system.
Frederick’s County Executive Jan Gardner intends to exercise the power of eminent domain and seize all of Aurora’s interests in the formerly county owned Citizen’s Nursing Home and Montevue Assisted Living. Aurora currently owns the healthcare businesses of both entities and leases the property from the county.
I love watching Seinfeld reruns. The other night I was watching and they ran the one about how the show came about. Seinfeld was originally cast as a show about “nothing.”
This month I am writing about some changes that I think we should consider for the newly formed Charter of Frederick County. Some of the procedural issues I see are a lack of communication and a lack of clear meeting agendas as well.
Here we are in Frederick County, land of government run amok with $10 million in new spending, false tax credits for big business, and a County Council that is nothing more than an extension of the County Executive.
Why is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) waiting for criminals to become more serious offenders, violent criminals and prioritizing only aggravated felons for removal?
I’ve been Frederick County sheriff for nine years. We’re located about one hour northwest of Washington right here. It’s a beautiful county, beautiful community, population of about 240,000 people. I’ve been in law enforcement 25 years locally. I sit on two committees of the National Sheriffs Association, the Homeland Security Committee and also the Immigration and Border Security Committee.
Frederick County reports a 17% increase in homeless families in the 2014-15 Point in Time survey. In 2014, volunteers counted 105 people in homeless families, which increased to 130 in 2015.
As you are probably aware, the buzz in Frederick County is about ethics. As it currently stands Frederick County has the same ethics laws as the state of Maryland.
Budget season is here and the County Council received Executive Jan Gardner's proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget 13 days ago. She proposes $10 million in new spending which includes $4.2 million "above" maintenance of effort for county public schools.
Now Kirby, there you go again. In your column on TheTentacle.com posted on April 10, 2015, you make quite a few misleading statements about Residents Against Landsdale Expansion (RALE) and our appeal of the Monrovia Town Center (MTC) approval. So much so, that I feel compelled to set the record straight.
Robert White, Jr.
This is submitted as a response to Kirby Delauter's recent column: "Demagoguery and a Questionable Appointment."
Currently the hot button land use issue in the county is the Monrovia Town Center (MTC). The last Board of County Commissioners approved the Town Center since it met all criteria set by the state and the county for approval.
While it’s still fresh in my mind, I might as well write about the items that were removed from a recent County Council agenda by Council President Bud Otis.
A few items we have discussed at the County Council meetings are the closing of Sabillasville Elementary School and the rehabilitation of the lime kiln furnace at Walkersville's Fountain Rock Park.
I believe that Frederick County is very fortunate to have responsible nonprofit organizations that understand the difference between a hand-up and a hand-out. Several years ago, a good friend of mine, Robert Eggar, wrote a book: Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Non-profits Responsive, Efficient and Rewarding for All.
I am running for Frederick county executive to fight for the things we love and value in our community. I want Frederick County to be the best place to live, work, and raise a family.
Take away the spin. Take away the politics. What if it weren’t an election but rather an executive search? What decision would a corporate hiring team make about Jan Gardner as an executive director candidate with the information currently in hand? Hugh Gordon speculates.
Commissioner Billy Shreve
I wanted to take this opportunity to be sure all of Frederick County’s Senior Citizens know about the enhanced Frederick County Senior Tax Credit. Property owners have until September
Deborah L. Senn
The Star-Spangled Banner is the only national anthem to end with a question: "O say does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"
Joseph Berman and Cindy Powell
In a recent column on TheTentacle.com, Board of County Commissioners’ President Blaine Young tried to spin a believable story about his ill-conceived plan to sell Citizens Nursing Home and close Montevue Assisted Living. Fifteen months after announcing this bad business deal, his story still fails the test for truth and good judgment. Here’s why.
A win is not always a win. There is more to politics than a victorious campaign and the winning of an election. The victor must be able to govern; they must be able to serve the people who elected them.
Karl W. Bickel
While The Board of County Commissioners, under the leadership of President Blaine Young, has declared Frederick County open for business, Young’s erstwhile political ally Sheriff Chuck Jenkins has become bad for business.
Karl W. Bickel
Yes, we lost the gunfight in Annapolis this spring when the state legislature passed Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Forearm Safety Act of 2013, further impinging on the rights of legitimate firearms owners.
After giving in and deciding that the pain in my neck (nearly constant for three weeks) was abnormal, I went for an x-ray. When I entered the x-ray room, I struck up a conversation with the technician, who surprisingly was not dressed in scrubs. He was wearing nice office work attire.
A Better Choice, Frederick PAC (ABC PAC) was founded to represent the parents and taxpayers of Frederick County in the public school system by recommending candidates for their Board of Education who will listen to those voices.
An Ijamsville resident, who coaches youth sports, relates the inspiring story of remarkable resilience in the face of all consuming tragedy - the death of classmates and the streak that led to a state title.